The Incoherent Podcast

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Episode 23 – Rumors of Our Demise

Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated, or we’re back after a 6 month absence with lots of interesting technology related commentary, or we’re back after 6 months and we talk a lot about a bunch of stuff and it’s pretty good.

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Android, the gang’s all here, give it a listen and let us know what you think of our fun ramblings.

Mark Mruss is a computer programmer by nature and by profession. He’s written Android apps, win32 apps (we called them applications back then), apps in python, and even a website or two. He is currently fascinated by all things mobile. He likes computers, beer, and his family (not in that order).

Episode 18 – Microsoft Build 2015 is PG

Episode 18 – Microsoft Build 2015 is PG

This week we cover Microsoft Build 2015. From Azure, to Office, to Windows 10, to HoloLens and back again. Android and iOS apps on Windows? Listen to find out what Mark and Ben think in episode 18 of the Incoherent Podcast.

The Enterprise – Asure and Office

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We begin our discussion of Microsoft Build 2015 by going over some of the more interesting enterprise announcements from Build. Focusing first on Microsoft’s cloud solution Azure:

We look at the strength of Microsoft in the enterprise and their recent openness to support additional platforms.

Windows 10

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We leave the enterprise realm and head to the more consumer focused world of Windows 10. We go in depth on Microsoft’s attempt to bring developers and apps to Windows:

Microsoft announced four “universal platform bridges” each named after bridges in the real world. Each bridge will allow developers a new way to bring their apps into Windows 10.

Project Westminster – Web Apps

Makes “it easy for you to create a Windows app that packages your website for publishing to the Store. Once installed, your website can update and call Windows APIs from JavaScript, creating a more engaging user experience.

Publishing your website into the store will be as easy as providing your URL and clicking ‘publish’. ”Project Westminster” will also enable you to light-up additional device capabilities in your packaged website.”

Project Centennial – Win32 Apps

Makes “it possible to package and publish your current .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store, providing a new way of distributing and monetizing your application on Windows PCs.

In addition to packaging your application for Store distribution, ”Project Centennial” will also enable you to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities and APIs.”

Project Astoria – Android Apps
Allows “you to build apps using Android code to target Windows 10 phones without having to leave your Android IDE.

In addition to extending the IDE, ”Project Astoria” will include a Windows phone emulator and interop capabilities that help your app (including UI and services) to run and look great on the Windows platform.”

Project Islandwood – iOS Apps
Allows “you to build a universal Windows app from within Visual Studio 2015 using your existing Objective-C® code.

You will be able to import your Xcode® project into Visual Studio, tailor the app experience to run on each Windows device family, and extend your iOS code to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities.”

All quotes from Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform Bridges site.

Hololens

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We then move onto Microsoft’s augmented reality solution Hololens. We discuss possible usages and some complaints that were leveled at the latest development model.

Conclusion

We wrap up the podcast with a discussion of Microsoft’s strength in the enterprise and it’s growing weakness / relevance in the consumer space.

We also talk about snakes a little bit.

Mark Mruss is a computer programmer by nature and by profession. He’s written Android apps, win32 apps (we called them applications back then), apps in python, and even a website or two. He is currently fascinated by all things mobile. He likes computers, beer, and his family (not in that order).

Episode 17 – Apple Earnings, Apple Watches, and Google Fi, Oh My

Ben goes undercover, impersonating a Rogers employee, and infiltrates (or “accidentally” party crashes) a Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launch event. He learns about how to sell the new phones to customers and other secret details. Mark starts the tech talk by going over the latest quarterly earnings from Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.

After briefly dipping our toes into the Apple watch, we move on to discuss Google’s Project Fi – the new MVNO wireless service that’s trying to disrupt the larger networks. From pricing to cellular coverage, we cover everything you need to know about the new service from Google.

So grab your mechanical keyboards and install your “I am Rich” apps, because this episode is going to Google-fi you!

 

 

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Segment: My Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge event conundrum

The excited tweet I sent out before attending the event (Note the timeline of the tweet). This was before I knew what I had gotten myself into!

The SOLD OUT Winnipeg Galaxy S6 Launch Party that Ben attended unknowingly:

Winnipeg Galaxy S6 Launch Party

 

The Event’s Free Food (egg rolls, chicken nuggets, spinachy things):

Winnipeg Galaxy S6 Launch Party - The Food

 

 

 

The presentation about the “Pimp” new Samsung Galaxy S6 by Samsung employee:

 

Winnipeg Galaxy S6 Launch Party - The Presentation

 

The room of the event, complete with Samsung banner panels, prize table, and hundred people:

Winnipeg Galaxy S6 Launch Party - The Room at the King's Head

 

Samsung S6 Launch Blank Survey:

Samsung S6 Launch Blank Survey

 

 

Samsung S6 Launch Survey with the Company Dropdown (Whoops!… I’m out of here!):

Samsung S6 Launch Survey with the Company Dropdown

 

Pimp My Ride:

Pimp My Ride

 

Pimp My Rice:

Pimp My Rice

 

Those dumb purple pimp hats (sigh):

That dumb purple pimp hat (Sigh)

 

Mechanical Keyboards:

Mechanical Keyboards

 

Crazy split-in-half ergonomic keyboards:

Crazy split-in-half ergonomic keyboards

 

 

Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

 

Google updates Android Wear with always on apps and they also make screen-friendly battery-saving black modes so you can glance at your watch anytime, known as “Glance Phone Telling”:

Google updates Android Wear with always on apps and they also make screen-friendly battery-saving black modes so you can glance at your watch anytime

Pixel OFF Save Battery AMOLED App on Google Play lets you pixelate your screen to black, claiming to save you battery:

Pixel OFF Save Battery AMOLED App on Google Play

 

 

Google Project Fi:

Google Project Fi logo

 

 

 

The Google Project Fi pricing plan:

Google Project Fi pricing plan

 

Airport Boingo Wi-Fi Hotspots (also known as Boiyongo by Ben):

Airport Boingo Wi-Fi Hotspots

 

Looking for Google Project Fi in Winnipeg, Canada using the Google Fi Coverage Map:

Google Project Fi in Winnipeg Canada

 

Google Opinion Rewards

 

How to Reset Google Advertising ID

How to Reset Google Advertising ID

 

Apple’s Crazy-expensive I Am Rich App:

Apple's Crazy-expensive I Am Rich App

 

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